Amharic is the main language of north central Ethiopia.
It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice
Just for the sake of being "friendly," please do not use the informal greetings with the elderly, dignitaries or generally with people who are not your friends. Respect for elderly and people with authority is paramount in Ethiopia. Therefore, in order not to give your acquaintance a wrong impression of yourself, make sure you adjust your behaviour according to the circumstances.
ProblemsLeave me alone. tewugn or likekugn Don't touch me! atinkagn (M), atinkign (F) I'll call the police. police etaralew! Police! police! I need your help. erdagn (M) erjign (F) Medical emergency AsCHekuway Hikimina I'm lost. tefaw I lost my bag. sahantaye tefa I lost my wallet. borsaye tefa I'm sick. amognial I've been injured. tegodichalew I need a doctor. hakim efelgalew Can I use your phone? silkihin ande litekem?(M): siljishin ande litekem?(F)
Numbers0 = Zero 1 = And 2 = Hoolet 3 = Sost 4 = Arat 5 = Amest 6 = Sidist 7 = Sebat 8 = Sement 9 = ZeTegn 10 = Aser 11 = Asra-and 12 = Asra-hoolet 20 = Haya 21 = Haya-and 30 = Selasa 40 = Arba 50 = Hamsa 60 = Silsa 70 = Seba 80 = Semanya 90 = ZeTena 100 = Meto 200 = Hoolet-meto 300 = Sost-meto 1000 = Shee 2000 = Hoolet-shee
TimeClock time The day starts at 1 se'at ke tewatu(o'clock in the morning) = 7am 2 se'at = 8am 3 se'at = 9am 4 se'at = 10am 5 se'at = 11am 6 se'at = 12pm 7 se'at = 1pm 8 se'at = 2pm 9 se'at = 3pm 10 se'at = 4pm 11 se'at = 5pm 12 se'at = 6pm 1 se'at ke'mishitu (o'clock in the evening) = 7pm 2 se'at = 8pm 3 se'at = 9pm 4 se'at = 10pm 5 se'at = 11pm 6 se'at ke'lelitu (o'clock in the night) = 12am 7 se'at = 1am 8 se'at = 2am 9 se'at = 3am 10 se'at = 4am 11 se'at = 5am 12 se'at = 6am Duration Days Sunday = Ehood Monday = Segno Tuesday = Maksegno Wednesday = Erob Thursday = Hamoos Friday = Arb Saturday = Qdame Months September = Meskerem October = Tikimt November = Hidar December = Tahisas January = Tir February = Yekatit March = Megabit April = Miyaziya May = Ginbot June = Senie July = Hamlie August = Nehasie Writing time and date
ColorsBlack = Tiqoor White = NeCH Red = Qey Blue = Semayawi Green = Arengwade Yellow = BiCHa Brown = Buna'aynet/Buna'ma Purple = WeynTej Pink = Rose Orange = Brtukan Baby blue = Wuhama semayawi Dark blue = DemaQ semayawi
TransportationBus and train Directions Right = qew'n Left = g'era Straight ahead = QeTita menged Opposite = TeQarani/Feet'lefeet Adjacent = ATegeb/Gon Turn left = wede g'ra taTef(to a guy)/taTefi(to a girl)/taTefu (to more than one person or to an elderly) Turn right = wede Qegn taTef(to a guy)/taTefi(to a girl)/taTefu (to more than one person or to an elderly) Taxi ______________ meh hed felegukin
MoneyHow much? Sint new?
EatingBread (Ethiopian) dabo Curry wet Meat (red) siga Chicken doro Vegetable ataklt Spicy qmemama Mild aletcha Coffee shop bunna bet I am a vegetarian Siga albuelam (literally, "I don't eat meat") coffee with milk Buna b'Wetet